Auburn football: Josh Holsey is making sure Washington knows his name; Auburn softball gets ready to dance

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss Josh Holsey’s first impression and Auburn softball’s Big Dance. 

Turning heads early 

Josh Holsey hasn’t been an NFL player all that long.

The former Auburn defensive back was the fourth Tiger drafted when he was picked up in the seventh round by Washington.

But the Georgia native is making sure Washington fans know his name — and might even be seeing him around D.C. for a while.

The most important head Holsey has been turning might be that of Jay Gruden (for those who focus solely on college football, that would be the Washington head coach).

Gruden has been outspoken about Holsey, echoing comments similar to those Kevin Steele has made at certain points.

Holsey may have spent a couple of additional years on the Plains after suffering brutal knee injuries, but the corner doesn’t look like that’s slowed him down at all.

Looks like Auburn fans very well could have another player to follow on Sundays this fall.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

Tournament exit, tournament entrance 

Auburn softball made an early exit from the SEC Tournament on Saturday afternoon, falling to LSU in the semifinal game.

Ole Miss, a team no one really expected to be a threat, ended up hoisting the trophy at the end of it all.

Yet, even as the Tigers’ weekend looked like it might be disappointing, it took a turn on Sunday evening — for a few reasons.

Kaylee Carlson and Kendall Veach were named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. The Auburn first baseman was responsible for a 2-run home run to help the Tigers defeat Kentucky, while Carlson continued to dominate in the circle.

And that was just the beginning of the fun.

Softball’s spot in the Big Dance 

Auburn’s dancing future was never really in question. Even though the Tigers weren’t quite as high in the national polls as they would have liked, an NCAA appearance was expected long before the season started.

Sunday night, after the team’s banquet — Carlson was named the team MVP — Clint Myers’ ball club learned its fate.

Auburn softball was given a No. 7 seed and will host East Tennessee State University on Friday (3:30 p.m. CT, ESPNU).

These are the other teams that will be playing at Jane B. Moore Field this weekend:

Make it a two step

Softball isn’t the only team dancing this week, though.

Auburn women’s tennis took down the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday to advance, for the second straight year, to the Sweet 16.

Now, Auburn will battle No. 7 Texas Tech on Friday (more information on that later this week).

Baseball slips in the Bayou 

For a while, Auburn baseball was rolling through SEC play. But the last couple of weekends have been rough for Butch Thompson and his team.

Auburn was swept by LSU over the weekend in Baton Rouge, losing its fifth, sixth and seventh consecutive games.

So, what’s the good news about the recent losses?

There’s one more conference series (this weekend against Ole Miss) before Auburn has a chance to make up for its missteps in postseason play.

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